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Brian Tarcy
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Brian Tarcy

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Football with Joe Theismann and the creator of the NFL humor prediction website Whatzgonnahappen.com

Put the Facts on the Plaque

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If you are a millionaire NFL player who tested positive for steroids when you knew you were going to be tested, you actually tested positive for "stupid."

Therefore if it's really a hall of fame, let's make steroids famous. That's right, put the facts on the plaque. This would be a good deterrent to future superstar offenders. For instance, if Shawne Merriman is elected to the Hall of Fame, the first sentence on his plaque would forever read:

"Shawne Merriman, who tested positive for nandrolone in 2006, was known as a fierce defender during his time with the San Diego Chargers."

Don't take away his accomplishments. Just point out the facts in one little clause.

If, however, a player is a borderline case for the Hall of Fame and he has tested positive in the testing era, that should weigh against him. If it's questionable, take it away because the steroids may have pushed him over the top. But a sure thing should be a sure thing no matter what. However if the player tested positive, a steroid clause should appear in the first sentence written on his plaque. That way his whole career is famous.

Some might argue that it's not fair to single out those players in the testing era when clearly many players used performance-enhancing drugs in the time previous to testing. Some might even argue it's not fair to single out those unfortunate enough to have tested positive. Lots of players did it, goes the argument. I argue it should be a factor - a negative one - but not the only factor.

And I don't think steroids should disqualify anyone from the Hall of Fame. Since there really is no way of knowing for sure who didn't use, the Hall has to be open to all because, I'll bet, there's already somebody in there who did performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, before it was against the rules and there was testing, it's hard to argue that the players did anything wrong by using.

But once testing began and the rules were clear, the rules for the Hall of Fame should be clear too. If you get caught, you might get in, but the facts go on your plaque.

By Brian Tarcy  |  July 31, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  | Category:  Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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